The Online Higher Education Doctorate EDD is now fully online at Southern Miss!
The University of Southern Mississippi is now offering a fully online Higher Education doctorate degree. This redesigned program was built to meet the needs of working educators looking to make a wider impact at the collegiate level.
This synchronous EdD program delivers a professional foundation for graduates looking to generate new knowledge about college-level education. The online Higher Education doctorate degree gives educators the knowledge to lead their organizations and create innovative new methods for problems solving and motivation.
The practical nature of the program allows students to tackle a real-world issue in their field by participating in a Capstone Project rather than a dissertation. The online Higher Education doctorate program was build to help your make a larger impact at the collegiate level.
Let The University of Southern of Mississippi help prepare you to conquer the challenges of Higher Education.
Check out some of the jobs our students are prepared for after earning this degree.
- College President
- University President
- Vice President
For educators looking to making an impact at the building and district levels, check out our online Educational Administration doctorate degree.
EdD Higher Education - 54 hours
Students seeking administrative positions (e.g., student affairs, institutional research and effectiveness, continuing education, and other) are encouraged to pursue the Ed.D. track. A master’s degree in any field is a prerequisite for admission. Program can be completed part-time, or full-time.
Core classes (24 hours):
|Social Justice||3 hrs.|
|History of Higher Ed||3 hrs.|
|Two-Year College||3 hrs.|
|Curriculum & Teaching||3 hrs.|
|Finance in Higher Ed||3 hrs.|
|Legal Issues in Higher Ed||3 hrs.|
|Leadership Theory||3 hrs.|
|Organizational Theory||3 hrs.|
Research (15 hours):
|Introduction to Educational Research||3 hrs.|
|Survey Research||3 hrs.|
|Program Evaluation||3 hrs.|
|Capstone I||3 hrs.|
|Capstone II||3 hrs.|
Elective – 12 hours
Comprehensive Exams – 3 hours
Please note that the above information is meant to be a guide and is not official. For further information regarding courses for this degree, see the University Bulletin. Please be aware that not all course choices listed in the University Bulletin are available online. However, sufficient online options are available to complete this degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
To apply to the online Higher Education doctorate program, you will need USM application, your resume, a letter of interest, official transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation.
The program, including the final Capstone Project, can be completed in nine academic semesters.
Yes. The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration program is delivered 100% online.
No. The Higher Education doctorate program requires a Capstone Project that addresses a real-world problem of practice.
No. There is no out-of-state- tuition associated with the program.